Re'Quan Hopson sure made the most of his only 3-pointer this season.
The Wakefield (Arlington, Va.) High junior's one and only attempt from long-distance this winter resulted in a tremendous game-winning buzzer-beater, sending his team to the next round of the playoffs and marking the final basket of his school's gymnasium.
With five seconds remaining, Warriors coach Tony Bentley drew up a play for either of his two senior stars -- Khory Moore and Ermias Nega -- but when both were covered, sophomore Marqua Walton found Hopson on the wing, and the 6-foot-3 junior forward connected from beyond the arc when all Wakefield needed was a two-point basket.
“When Re’Quan knocked it down, I was so excited that I jumped over the bench,” Bentley told The Washington Post in a story with more video detailing the memorable moment.
Nine seconds before Hopson's 3-pointer swished through the net, Langley (McLean, Va.) senior Brad Dotson had given his team a 44-43 lead on a layup, but the Wakefield junior's triple spoiled Dotson's heroics and sent the Warriors on to a Class AAA regional semifinal matchup at Robinson (Fairfax, Va.) High on Friday night.
Tuesday's win not only extended the Warriors' streak to 15, but also marked the final game on Wakefield's home court. Since the school is adding a new gymnasium in the fall, according to The Post, Hopson's 3-pointer counts as the last basket in the gym's history.
No wonder the Wakefield faithful exploded for a solid minute in the aftermath.
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